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Site: Kansas City, Mo.
Schedule: Friday, practice (ESPN2, 12:30-2 p.m.), qualifying (ESPN2, 5-6:30 p.m.); Saturday, practice (Speed, 12:30-3 p.m.); Sunday, race, 2 p.m. (ESPN, 1-5:30 p.m.).
Track: Kansas Speedway (oval, 1.5 miles).
Race distance: 400.5 miles, 267 laps.
Last year: Greg Biffle raced to the second of his two 2010 victories.
Last week: Kurt Busch won for the second time this year, holding off fellow Chase drivers Jimmie Johnson and Carl Edwards at Dover. Busch moved from ninth to fourth in the standings, nine points behind leaders Edwards and Kevin Harvick.
Fast facts: Tony Stewart also is nine points behind Edwards and Harvick with seven races left. Five-time defending champion Johnson is 13 points back, followed by Brad Keselowski and Matt Kenseth (14 points behind), Kyle Busch (-15), Jeff Gordon (-19), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (-34), Ryan Newman (-41) and Denny Hamlin (-68). ... Keselowski won in June at the track, stretching his fuel perfectly for the first of his three victories this year. Earnhardt was second. ... Stewart won the 2009 race at the track. ... Truck Series leader Austin Dillon is attempting to make his Sprint Cup debut in Mike Curb's No. 98 Chevrolet.
Next race: Bank of America 500, Oct. 15, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, N.C.
Site: Kansas City, Mo.
Schedule: Friday, practice (ESPN2, 2-3:30 p.m., 4-5 p.m.); Saturday, qualifying (ESPN2, 10-11:30 a.m.), race, 3:30 p.m. (ESPN2, 3-6:30 p.m.).
Track: Kansas Speedway (oval, 1.5 miles).
Race distance: 300 miles, 200 laps.
Last year: Joey Logano won the second of his two 2010 victories, edging Brad Keselowski. Logano also won the 2009 race at the track.
Last week: Carl Edwards raced to his seventh victory of the season, completing a season sweep at Dover. He led 179 of the 200 laps. Keselowski was second,
Fast facts: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. leads the season standings, 22 points ahead of Elliott Sadler with five races left. ... In the owner's standings, Joe Gibbs Racing's No. 18 Toyota has a 13-point lead over Roush Fenway's No. 60 Ford. Kyle Busch has driven the No. 18 in 19 of the 29 races, winning eight times. Edwards has made 28 starts in the No. 60. Logano will drive the No. 18 this weekend. ... Danica Patrick is making the ninth of her 12 starts this year for JR Motorsports.
Next race: Dollar General 300, Oct. 14, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, N.C.
Next race: Smith's 350, Oct. 15, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas.
Last week: Ron Hornaday Jr. raced to his third victory of the season and series-record 50th overall, holding off Austin Dillon at Kentucky Speedway.
Site: Suzuka, Japan.
Schedule: Friday, practice (Speed, 1-2:30 a.m.), Saturday, practice, qualifying (Speed, 1-2:30 a.m.); Sunday, race, 2 a.m. (Speed, 2-4 a.m., 3:30-5:30 p.m.).
Track: Suzuka International (road course, 3.61 miles).
Race distance: 191.12 miles, 53 laps.
Last year: Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel won the third of his five 2010 victories en route to the season title, starting from the pole and holding off teammate Mark Webber.
Last race: Vettel won the Singapore Grand Prix on Sept. 25 for his third straight victory and ninth of the season. The German star moved within a point of winning his second straight season championship.
Fast facts: To wrap up the title, Vettel needs to only earn one point over the final five races, or have nearest rival Jenson Button fail to win just one of them. Vettel won three of the last four races last season, and has 12 victories in his last 18 starts. ... The figure-eight track, designed by Dutchman John Hugenholz, was built by Honda in 1962 as a test facility.
Next race: Korean Grand Prix, Oct. 16, Korea International Circuit, Yeongam, South Korea.
Next race: IndyCar World Championships, Oct. 16, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas.
Last week: Ed Carpenter raced to victory in the closest finish in Kentucky Speedway history, edging Dario Franchitti by 0.0098 seconds. Franchitti took an 18-point lead over Will Power in the season standings with one race left. Power, the polesitter, led the first 48 laps, but a collision on pit road relegated him to 19th.
Next event: NHRA Arizona Nationals, Oct. 14-16, Firebird International Raceway, Chandler, Ariz.
Last week: Jason Line raced to his second playoff victory and sixth of the season, topping the Pro Stock field Monday in the rain-delayed NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove. Line broke the Pro Stock time record with a 6.477-second run. Spencer Massey (Top Fuel), Robert Hight (Funny Car) and Hector Arana Jr. (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also won.
ARCA RACING SERIES: Kansas Lottery 98.9, Friday (Speed, 8:30-10:30 p.m.), Kansas Speedway, Kansas City, Mo. Online:
WORLD OF OUTLAWS: Sprint Car, Saturday, Rolling Wheels Raceway Park, Elbridge, N.Y. Late Model, Thursday, Rolling Wheels Raceway Park, Elbridge, N.Y.; Super DIRTcar, Sunday, New York State Fairgrounds, Syracuse, N.Y. Online:

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